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Introduction to Ohio Divorce Law

This page provides library resources and links to Ohio laws about divorce. Please refer to the Divorce without Children and the Divorce with Children tabs of this guide for legal forms for obtaining a divorce.

Please refer to the Ohio Dissolution of Marriage guide on this website for forms and information about obtaining a dissolution.

Books and Journals Available at the Franklin County Law Library

Attorneys with a Franklin County Law Library card may check out these books. Other members of the public may use them in the Franklin County Law Library. The Library maintains the current edition of each of these books, unless otherwise noted.

OSBA members who have attended any OSBA seminar, have access to this as an an ebook after logging in. 

Grounds for Divorce in Ohio

The court of common pleas may grant divorces for the following causes:

(A) Either party had a husband or wife living at the time of the marriage from which the divorce is sought;

(B) Willful absence of the adverse party for one year;

(C) Adultery;

(D) Extreme cruelty;

(E) Fraudulent contract;

(F) Any gross neglect of duty;

(G) Habitual drunkenness;

(H) Imprisonment of the adverse party in a state or federal correctional institution at the time of filing the complaint;

(I) Procurement of a divorce outside this state, by a husband or wife, by virtue of which the party who procured it is released from the obligations of the marriage, while those obligations remain binding upon the other party;

(J) On the application of either party, when husband and wife have, without interruption for one year, lived separate and apart without cohabitation;

(K) Incompatibility, unless denied by either party.

Guide Author

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Susanna Marlowe
Franklin County Law Library Reference Librarian